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08 Jun 2014'Overlord 70' make it to France

'Overlord 70' make it to France

The Channel Swimming season is off!!  Relay team 'Overlord 70' make it to France in 12 hours and 8 minutes

Six To Swim the English Channel To Commemorate D-Day;

Multi-National Relay Team Matches 1944’s AEF Composition


(Columbus, OH/Dover, England, May 30, 2014) A relay team of six Americans, British and Canadians will swim the English Channel from Dover to France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Like the Allied Expeditionary Force (AEF) in 1944, the team comes from the U.S., Great Britain and Canada:

  • John Boyd, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, now working for NATO in Brussels,
  • Joe Hall – U.S. Air Force Colonel, posted to NATO in Brussels,
  • John Kulewicz  – American lawyer from Columbus, Ohio,
  • James Penrose – American lawyer, working in London,
  • Edward Williams – British marathon swimmer and
  • Bryan Avery (Alternate) –British IT consultant, Channel swimmer.

“There’s nothing we can do to match the bravery of those who crossed the Channel in June 1944, but we hope to help others remember their courage and sacrifice in this small way,” said team leader John Kulewicz (“cool-a-wits”). 

“The 70th anniversary of the crossing may be the last decennial occasion to enjoy the presence of those who made the 1944 crossing,” said Kulewicz.  “We stand in awe and hope to honor them as we swim across these historic waters.” 

The team will assemble in Dover beginning May 30 and aims to swim across the Channel on the first good weather day between June 3 – 10. 

Following the rules of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation, the team consists of six members who swim one hour each, in the same order of rotation, from Dover to the French shore.

Members of the relay team will be available before the swim in Dover as they finish their training and after the swim by phone for interviews. 

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For more info: contact:  

Int’l Media:          John Kulewicz (in Dover after May 30) +1.614.364.5456,

Keith Houin (Brussels) 0032-68-27-5910 or DSN 361-5910,

U.S. Media:            Gene Pierce (Columbus) (614) 395-6480,

Sandettie Lightship Observations

7pm, 1st August 2018

Water: 64.8 °F (18.2 °C)

Air: 64.4 °F (18 °C)

Wind Speed: 12.0 kn (22.2 km/h)

Wind Direction: WSW (240°)

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